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LG V20 Review on AT&T: LG’s Phablet Experiments Continue

Last year LG unveiled the V10, a giant smartphone (or phablet) with a 2.1″ second screen above its 5.7” Quad HD display. It felt as robust as Droid Turbo 2 with a ruggedized back and a solid aluminum frame. It was far too large for the average consumer, yet it was weirdly satisfying to use. We called it “bold,” “sexy,” and “clean and industrial.” It had a decent dual-camera and wonderful internal specs. And we generally really liked the thing.

Moto X OTA update Announced for Verizon Wireless

Breaking news from Motorola just came in today, conveniently after posting our review on the AT&T and Verizon versions of the  Moto X. The much anticipated Moto X OTA update for Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out with improvements to the camera software, Touchless Control, Moto Migrate, Moto Care, and call quality. The enhancements made a major difference in quality of camera shots and usability of the smartphone during our review of the AT&T model, so early adopters of the Moto X on Verizon Wireless should be pleasantly surprised to finally receive the update. AT&T and other carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had already had updates move forward. For the full run down, check out Motorola’s press release  below.

Review: The Moto X is the Sexiest Android Device to Date

Update: After this review, Motorola made numerous price drops to the Moto X in order to compete with the Google Nexus 5. For $399, you can currently buy the Moto X without a contract. However, this February, Motorola is also offering a Valentine’s Day deal for the 16GB model on Moto Maker for only $329.99. Otherwise, it’s $49.99 with a 2-year agreement with any of the four carriers including: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Let the price gouging continue…

Puns in this headline are fitting, because if there was an Android phone that encompassed all of the beautiful features I’m looking for in phone, the Moto X would be my bride. This smartphone is the sexiest Android device I’ve had the pleasure to review. And this says something, especially when you consider how many devices come up short due to manufacturer bloatware, customization limitations, and simply lackluster performance. Android phones have come a long way since their beginning, and the Moto X is a testament to the future of high quality smartphones to come.

AT&T HTC One Mini Review: Hot, Fast, and Beautiful

Android phone “families” are synonymous with overkill this year when you consider the lineup of Nokias, Verizon Droids, and, of course, the HTC One lineup. But the One Mini, the miniaturized version of the HTC One, is not a cheap feeling or superfluous device. It fits perfectly in you hand (something less prominent these days) and its specs aren’t watered down. The HTC One Mini on AT&T redesign keeps its smooth aluminum shell, speedy zip, while also being functional. Below is our full HTC One Mini review.

Design

So let’s talk about design. Or is it redesign? The One Mini keeps that gorgeous, high-end aluminum shell but also adds a white, plastic rim around the device giving it a different accent than its larger HTC One counterpart. That’s not to say it feels any cheaper or less sturdy a device. The phone keeps literally the same shape, and it arcs in your hand perfectly for a nice, average-sized hand fit. The problem? It’s the exact same issue the original HTC One has: It’s just too damn slippery. As comfortable as the device is in hand  (light too), I couldn’t help this constant fear of it slipping out of my hand and cracking it on the concrete.  And for a device this attractive, a case would be blasphemy. The other problem was the heat. Aluminum is expected to transfer temperatures quite well and the hardware and burning hot battery inside can honestly make your palms sweat. Sometimes I wondered if I’d been holding a laptop’s heat vent on my palm it was so warm. Slips and sweaty palms aside, the phone will catch eyes of those passerby, and it’s one of the most attractive Android handsets ever created (like the One was).